BEIJING, May 26 (FAM) – China’s southern city of Shenzhen launched its first Europe-bound freight train on Monday and it became the 29th Chinese city to introduce rail service to Europe with the train loaded with goods worth $8 million.

Products included high-tech electronics while the containers will arrive in Minsk, capital of Belarus, in 13 days. The Shenzhen-Minsk freight train has turned the coastal city, a high-tech hub in the Pearl River Delta, into a bridge for the Belt and Road Initiative.

“Goods such as rice and fruit from ASEAN countries like Vietnam and Laos can first be transported to Shenzhen by sea and then to Russia and Belarus by freight train,” said Li Wenhai, deputy director of the Guangzhou cargo transport center under Guangzhou Railway Corporation